Therapy for Disordered Eating

Eating Disorder Therapy

Therapy for disordered eating offers individuals a compassionate and non-judgmental space to explore their relationship with food, body image, and self-esteem. It is important to address underlying emotional, cognitive, and behavioral patterns contributing to disordered eating behaviors.

We work collaboratively to challenge harmful beliefs, develop healthier coping strategies, and cultivate a more balanced and sustainable relationship with food and body image. Hannah's goal is to support clients in reclaiming their autonomy, fostering self-compassion, and building a foundation for lasting recovery and holistic well-being.

Disordered eating is often a trauma response. When the nervous system is overwhelmed, the body changes it’s physiological processes to focus on protection. This often leads to eating much more or much less than what our body needs to function. When we get stuck in one of these extremes or when we cycle between them, shame stories and social messaging about body size can encourage us to stay in that pattern.

Healing disordered eating requires attention to both the social stories we carry about body size and the balance of the nervous system. Guilt and shame about food can harm our attachment relationship with self. Developing a healthy relationship with food can help us towards secure attachment with self.

Understanding the connection between how trauma affects our nervous system and disordered eating is essential in the healing process. Many people find themselves cycling in a powerless feeling of restriction, excessive exercise, and/or binging. When we begin to understand why our body may be responding (or not responding) to cues it can reduce shame and validate the adaptive ways your body survived overwhelming experiences. Trauma work is an essential part of healing from disordered eating. Knowledge is power! With knowledge and support you can begin to build a new relationship with not only food, but also with your body.